MDwise Donates School Supplies to Help Students Gear Up for the School Year

INDIANAPOLIS – Backpacks, pencils, crayons – all are essential supplies as Hoosier students gear up for back to school time next fall. For eight years now, the MDwise Tools for Schools program has been donating drawstring backpacks and school supplies at back-to-school events across Indiana.
The program is part of Ms. Bluebelle’s Club for Kids, MDwise’s comprehensive program that promotes the healthy well-being of Hoosier children through special activities and outreach. MDwise outreach consultants across the state work with local organizations to identify the needs of their youth. Then, MDwise provides and coordinates delivery of the school supplies statewide for distribution at various events. 
“We recognize that often, proper school supplies aren’t easily accessible to all students, but are pertinent to educational success,” said Jim Parker, president and CEO of MDwise. “This program helps ensure young Hoosier students have the tools they need to thrive and grow in the classroom, and beyond.”
Through its Tools for Schools program, MDwise offers a solution for families that need assistance purchasing much-needed school supplies. Children spend more than 1,200 hours each year in school, so MDwise strives to make classroom experiences as meaningful and constructive as possible by ensuring students have the tools they need to learn.
“Knowing that we are playing a part in ensuring students have every chance to be successful in the classroom is so rewarding to us. We look forward to expanding the list of organizations we partner with in future years,” added Parker.
A complete list of this year’s recipient organizations can be found below.
2017 Tools for Schools Recipient Organizations
Jane Pauley Community Health Center
Madison County Community Health Center
Madison County Head Start Center
United in Christ Church
St. Vincent Medical Group
East Chicago
Mom’s Taking Charge
School City of East Chicago
Glenwood Leadership Academy

Fort Wayne
Northeast Covering Kids and Families
Caston Elementary School
Lake County Covering Kids and Families
Lake Ridge Schools Corporation
Regional Health Center (all three locations)
Child Advocates of Marion County
Covering Kids and Families of Central Indiana
Indy Parks
Marion Academy
New Vision Ministries
Prime Smile
Shalom Health Center
University Community Christian Church
Indiana Health Center Kokomo
Howard County Head Start Center
Lake Station
NorthShore Health Centers
Area Five Covering Kids and Families
United Way of Cass County
Michigan City
Michigan City Area Schools
Indiana Department of Child Services – Newton County
North Newton School Administration
Delaware County Head Start Center
Open Door Health Services
New Castle
Henry County Head Start Center
North Vernon
St. Vincent Jennings Hospital
Rensselaer Head Start Center
Communities in School – Wayne County
South Bend
Indiana Health Center South Bend
Select Health Network
Terre Haute
Wabash Valley Health Center
HealthLinc (all six locations)
O.J. Neighbours Elementary Schools

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About MDwise

MDwise is a provider-sponsored nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to more than 407,000 Medicaid and Medicare members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to family and friends.

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